The Last Rings
IF I were to do a Middle Earth campaign (and I’m *not*)
The New Shadow
Sauron is fallen these 105 years past. The elves and wizards are gone, though a few of the part-elven born to mortal women just after the War of the Rings remain. Men rule in most lands, thought dwarves slowly reclaim their lost citadels, and a new generation of Hobbits seem increasingly willing to leave the Shire.
But a new darkness spreads through the land. A Dark Tree is mentioned, and found as a hidden mark in foul places. Men play at being orcs, and a few agents of shadow remain. Gondor is ruled by Eldarion, son of Aragorn, a good king with strong ties to many folk, from the dwarves and Hobbits to Grimbeorn and the beornlings.
Eldarion fears the last rings of power, the three dwarven rings not consumed by dragonfire, are the source of this spreading shadow. It is known they had been recovered by Sauron, and sages claim they were destroyed in the fall of Barad-Dur, and even if not surely their power faded with the loss of the One Ring. But a small group claim that the Dwarven rings absorbed the darkness of gold-lust, and dragon-greed, that they retain the power to bring great wealth, and to spread a shadow through the spirit of all who dwell near them.
And whispers spread that Moriquendi, the Dark Elves, still exist and know how to to bring even greater power to the lost dwarven rings…